To those in the know, a region capable of making thrilling, vibrant wines with as many personalities as there are crus (10 to be precise). A great alternative to neighbouring Burgundy. A region that has given me more than its fair share of my best ever wine experiences (Jean Foillard Morgon 2005 was a real wine epiphany and you don't get many of those in one lifetime).
Beaujolais is hugely food-friendly, and has the added benefit of . Want some fish in the summer in the garden? Beaujolais. Only drink red wine but want curry? Beaujolais. Drinking at 2am and don't want something 15% that'll knock you out? Beaujolais.
So where to start? With your friendly local wine merchant of course. Here are 4 of our favourites from 4 different areas of the region.
Lapierre Raisins Gaulois Beaujolais 2015 - £12.95
The 'Gang of Four' - 4 winemakers widely regarded as the best across Beaujolais. And Marcel Lapierre is one of them. This is his entry level wine but punches WAY above its weight of most village level Beaujolais, and indeed, most Vin de France. 2015 was a hot vintage so the wine is packed full of red fruit flavours. A delight.
Passot Fleurie 2014 - £13.50
Fleurie is a famous village in Beaujolais, known for making pretty, floral-like wines. Passot's doesn't disappoint. Classic in style, it's bright, fresh and works well lightly chilled.
Jean Foillard Morgon Cote du Py 2014 - £25.50
The big daddy of Beaujolais, Jean Foillard's wines will always have a place in my heart. He's also another member of the Gang of Four. Wines from Morgon make structured, long-lived Beaujolais and 2014 was a stellar vintage, which means drink it now, or save it a few years.